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Matt Dunbar & Holly Rees

Live Music
Thursday 16th Aug 19:00

MATT DUNBAR

Matt Dunbar is a Musician from the border county of Northumberland. Taking influence from various genres such as Americana and folk.

His Debut EP 'Home' was released in March 2017 and peaked at #1 on the Amazon Digital Folk Chart and at #5 on the Amazon Digital Album Chart.

“An effective and stunning statement of truth, Home is the place to be.” - Liverpool Sound & Vision

“ ‘Home’ proves to be a lush record of folk rock songs that display considered personal reflections alongside disciplined music production.” - NE Volume

HOLLY REES

Holly is an emerging singer-songwriter who grew up in the moors of the Durham Dales. Her debut EP 'Ilex' was released in 2017 and saw success in radio play from BBC 6 Music, and a feature on Tom Robinson's BBC Introducing.

Thomas Truax

Support from Beija Flo & Faniel Dord

Live Music
Saturday 18th Aug 19:30

Merging a fevered imagination and solid song writing with a mad scientist's brain for weird gadgets, American singer Thomas Truax is a true one-off. UNCUT magazine says "Truax is shaping up nicely as one of the great rock eccentrics" while Splendid magazine called him "one of the five or ten best singer/songwriters in the world that you've never heard of...an exceptional talent."  His evolving "band" of self-made sound sculptures include a motorized drum machine made of bike wheels called 'Mother Superior' and a souped up Gramophone called 'The Hornicator', but he never leaves his trusty guitar out of the equation too long. Thomas crafts rich, poetically evocative songs about insects, trees, technology, and a lifelong obsession with things lunar, including various reasons 'Why Dogs Howl at The Moon'. His nine studio LPs include highly-rated covers album 'Songs from The Films Of David Lynch'.  Notable supporters and collaborators include Jarvis Cocker, Duke Special, Richard Hawley, The Dresden Dolls, Bob Log III and the late author Terry Pratchett. A new album ‘All that Heaven Allows’ has been garnering national airplay on BBC6 and extremely positive reviews. "His gigs are extraordinary, fizzing with showmanship." -Q

Pretenders Assemble

The Improv Show for children

Theatre
Sunday 19th Aug 13:00 - 15:30

Adukts £5
Children £3

Tickets direct from 81 Renshaw

Kids! is back.

Welcome to Pretendville where made up magic happens.

Who will meet this time? Join Mrs McWotzit, Safe T, Prof Doctorson and Mike the Mechanic and be part of the adventure.

What surprises will we find? With YOUR help they will show you a world that is created completely from your ideas.

Fancy dress encouraged!!

Suitable for 6yrs+ (though all ages welcome….including the big kids in all of us). Children must be accompanied with an adult.

Ethan Johns

plus Special Guest Robert Vincent

Live Music
Tuesday 21st Aug 19:30

Ethan Johns is a record producer, engineer, mixer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. He has worked with artists including Kings of Leon, Paul McCartney, Ray LaMontagne, Kaiser Chiefs, Rufus Wainwright, The Vaccines, Laura Marling, The Staves, and Crosby, Stills and Nash.

His solo career is just as impressive with 4 albums under his belt and a fifth on the way, his unique approach to folk-rock has not gone unnoticed. 'Black Eyed Dolls' will be available this August, recorded over two weeks in a barn at the bottom of his garden in the dead of winter. It is at once immensely personal but also asks bigger, more esoteric, questions... What else do you expect from a record informed by an obscure text from 1616 about spiritual transformation?

Ethan will be performing with a stripped down trio for this intimate evening.

To say special guest Robert Vincent is a local boy done good is simultaneously correct but also doesn't quite capture the magnitude of what he has managed to achieve in such a short space of time. After releasing his debut album 'Life In Easy Steps' in 2013 to extensive radio play and rave reviews His sophomore 'I'll Make The Most Of My Sins' went on to win best album at the Americana Music Awards and saw Rob propelled into the spotlight closing the one off BBC Four comeback of The Old Grey Whistle Test.

Bido Lito Social

Seatbelts + The Aleph + Annex The Moon

Live Music
Thursday 23rd Aug 19:30

To celebrate issue 92 of Bido Lito! we are getting three of the regions premier pop purveyors together for a top notch bill at one of our favourite venues. Don’t miss Hooton Tennis Club aces SEATBELTS, pop reconstructivists THE ALEPH and poppy post punkers ANNEXE THE MOON – a wonderful night of intelligent guitar pop.

Haley Henderickx

Plus support

Live Music
Friday 24th Aug 19:30

It takes a mix of skill and luck to tend a garden well, but it’s impossible without a certain amount of amount of kindness tended. While the cyclical nature of gardening seems inherent, in some ways, Heynderickx is just beginning. Her debut album, named I Need to Start a Garden out of a search for calm through these waves of uncertainty and upheaval, is due out March 2nd via Mama Bird Recording Co.

For the empathetic singer/songwriter, the reasons for seeking such acceptance and understanding stem from a life of paradoxes. Heynderickx grew up in a religious household in Oregon, closely identifying with her Filipino roots, but also straddling multiple cultural identities. Now residing in Portland, her faith is not overt, but her introspection and continued struggle for self-actualization are easily accessible and relatable.

Likewise, the tracks on I Need to Start a Garden reflect these seemingly disparate elements. Through soft acoustic guitar picking and deftly accented trombone sighs, Heynderickx’s music immediately recalls folk music of the '60s and '70s mixed with a love of jazz radio. But Heynderickx’s singing—her vocals that range from sultry to operatic—belie a tenacity in her soul.

It’s a balance, then, between exposing and protecting herself on I Need to Start a Garden. Heynderickx vacillates between powerlessness (opener “No Face”) and empowerment (lead single "Oom Sha La La"). But her generosity of spirit remains the constant throughout the whole album.

Alexander Tucker (Grumbling Fur)

Plus Agathe Max

Live Music
Tuesday 28th Aug 19:30

"Tucker sounds like he’s following a tradition that has long been neglected, focusing not on ageless songs and ideas but on ageless feelings captured through his droning miasma of acoustic guitar and mandolin." Portal, his 3rd album was hailed with extremely positive reviews, for example Plan B stated that "his guitar work hints at everything from Led Zeppelin's most stately to My Bloody Valentine's most cryptic, no bad place to be" and Uncut that the album is "a steady grower...a meticulously disorienting, blissed environment...very pleasing." Later that year he performed at the ATP New York Festival, and toured Europe as support to Bohren & der Club of Gore. In April 2011, he released the album Dorwytch, followed in April 2012 by Third Mouth, both on Thrill Jockey.

Curb your Enthusiasm

Screening

Screening
Wednesday 29th Aug 19:30

Showing the best episodes as voted for by you!

Sam Coe & The Long Shadows

plus Simon James & Jennifer Vaudrey

Live Music
Friday 31st Aug 19:30

Sam Coe & The Long Shadows debut album “Full Moon” has received critical acclaim since it’s re-lease in March 2018 and it sees them firmly position themselves at the forefront of the UK Country/Americana Music scene. The bands vibrant collection of honest, gutsy and heart wrenching songs ride on a wave of seventies retro country-pop, with an engaging and energetic live performance. A sound that will appeal to fans of artists from Margo Price, to Kacey Musgraves via the Dixie Chicks. Sam Coe & The Long Shadows were invited to play at The O2’s Country to Country festival in 2017, as well as opening for Radio 2 favourites The Shires and Jess & The Bandits. Simon James has been writing and performing music for over 20 years, his style of music draws on influences over many years, from the Eagles, to Fleetwood Mack, Willie Nelson to John Mayer. Simon has more recently found success in the UK Americana and Country scene with a nomina-tion at the 2017 BCMA awards for Horizon Act of the Year. His debut album went into the UK top 40 Country albums and landed him a publishing deal with Strophic Music. He is now working on his second album which will be released in summer 2018.

September

Zangwills + Salvador + Deep Sleep + Reclaim Vienna

Soft Lad Promotions

Live Music
Saturday 1st Sep 19:30

The Zangwills headline Soft Lads Promotions return to 81 Renshaw. Support from Salvador Deep. Sleep and Reclaim Vienna

Run Into The Night

Free In-Store performance in the front bar

In-Store
Thursday 6th Sep 14:00

Stripped down performance in the front bar from Run Into The Night.

Female indie rock / noise pop duo 'Run Into the Night' from Glasgow, Scotland formed by Christina Cassette and Ellie May. After spending many late nights drinking and listening to their favourite records, from 60’s pop to 70’s punk, the friends began fusing genres and making music together.

The band had success with the self-release of their first 7″ record ‘Turn To Static’ in mid 2017, which reached the Top 100 songs by unsigned bands in the UK with Salute Music and aired on many radio stations, most notably on Steve Lamacq’s BBC 6 Music radio show. Run Into The Night are a BBC Introducing artist and their sound has been compared to bands such as Queens of the Stone Age, Arcade Fire, The Black Keys and Blondie.

Celsi, Bragg & Maitland

with Special Guest Tony Poole

Live Music
Thursday 6th Sep 19:30

From Los Angeles – pop-Americana artists Anny Celsi and Nelson Bragg team up with Dublin’s Duncan Maitland to form a high-energy, high-flying trio. It’s Brill Building hooks, Byrds-y harmonies and Beatle-esque psychedelia! Celsi’s style has been described as “beatnik cool,” “pop-noir,” and “slightlydelic pop jangle,” with comparisons to Suzanne Vega, Jackie DeShannon and Chrissie Hynde. While Bragg’s day job for 14 years was percussionist-vocalist with The Brian Wilson Band, between tours he also found time to release two critically acclaimed albums of his own, most notably “Day Into Night.” Maitland has plied his 12-string with pop heroes Picturehouse, Pugwash and XTC. His “Lullabies for the 21st Century” is “a trip through the acid-tinged English foothills of rainyday sunshine pop.”

Special guest will be the legendary Tony Poole, of Starry-Eyed and Laughing and the Anglo-Americana supergroup Bennett Wilson Poole!

Shak Omar, Remée and Jasmine Johnson

Live Music
Friday 7th Sep 20:00

Planet Slop and Out of Context bring Shak Omar, Remée and Jasmine Johnson to the intimate setting of 81 Renshaw for a night of fantastic live music.

Rob Jones & Rob White

plus

Live Music
Saturday 8th Sep 19:30

Born and based in Liverpool, England, Rob Jones (vocal/acoustic guitar) & Rob White (vocal) have been harmonising since meeting at school-well, with a few days off to watch football. When not watching football, Rob & Rob have played a lot of gigs, recorded a few songs and squeezed in the odd radio broadcast. Rob Jones' songs attempt to deal with the ups and downs of life, public transport, heartbreak and the Mersey rain-sometimes all in the same song! Reviewers have praised the well-crafted songs and the tight harmonies and have detected the influence of, amongst others, Simon & Garfunkel, The Beatles and Bob Dylan. They will be joined by Stu Rimmer on saxophone and Graham Warner on piano and support will be provided by Freya. "The harmonies, of which Simon and Garfunkel would be proud, are beautiful but with a generous sprinkle of Merseyside realism; the effect of the combination is just something to behold." IAN D. HALL, (Liverpool Sound & Vision)

An Audience with Alan Peters

Q&A Hosted by Spencer Leigh - plus DJ Norman Killon

Audience With
Sunday 9th Sep 15:00 - 17:30

To Coincide with the EP release of The ‘Almost’ Blues 1965 Abbey Road Sessions out now on Vee-Tone Records.

Music & Chat - plus the odd poem.

Alan Peters is joined on stage by Spencer Leigh (Radio Merseyside) who will host the Q&A as Al talks about his eventful life in the Music Business. From the early days of The 'Almost' Blues, touring with the Who, travelling around Europe with Adrian Henry and Roger McGough. Being dropped by EMI in favour of ‘Slaughter and the Dogs’ as Punk exploded in 1976. Working for Roger Eagle as the PA tech in Erics to recording Echo & the Bunnymen & OMD amongst many others. Sink & Eric’s DJ Norman Killon will be providing some tunes and the event will be videod by Brian Roberts. Lee Marles (the Accelerators / Hambie & the Dance) joins Al on slide guitar to play a few tracks from the last CD. This is the only venue that Al will play a few numbers from his recent release on Groovin’ Records.

Loud Mountains

plus Wooden Rocket

Live Music
Friday 14th Sep 20:00

Heaven's Gate are delighted to present, for the music loving community of Liverpool and Merseyside the fantastic Loud Mountains with support from Wooden Rocket

Led by harmonious brothers from Connecticut, Sean and Kevin, Loud Mountains have forged a strong following based on their often raucous live shows. 'We've been bowled over by their raucous live shows. Go and catch one of their gigs, I guarantee you'll be blown away by their live performance!' - Clubhouse Records ...a full-on roundhouse country-blues blast, all Nowheresville good times vibe, big harmonies and harmonica... ...There's no denying they do it well.' - Nightshift

81's Pick of the Fest

Liverpool Comedy Festival Event - Comedy Compilation

Stand-Up Comedy
Saturday 15th Sep 19:30 - 11:00

Back for it's second year, Alastair Clark presents some of the finest performers from across the upcoming Festival. Pick of the Fest is a cream-of-the-crop evening of comedy, and a perfect way to sample some shows and decide what to see.

Crap Gameshow & Foxdog Studios

Liverpool Comedy Festival Event

Stand-Up Comedy
Sunday 16th Sep 19:30

£5 for 1 show - £7 to see both shows

Tickets direct from 81 Renshaw Buy @ Ticket Quarter

CRAP GAMESHOW Ever felt that the world needs two gameshow obsessed women to create a night of ridiculous but organised entertainment? Lucy and Becky did. They are the change they want to see in the world. Join them for a night of nostalgic quizzical gameshow fun* with prizes** Bring a mascot, bring a pen but most of all bring your game(show) face.

*the fun will be organised **prize quality is subjective

Crap Gameshow // Clown/Quiz 7.30pm // £5 (or £7 for both shows)

FOXDOG STUDIOS: ROBOT CHEF After a year building an invoicing system in Stoke, rock and roll IT consultants Pete and Lloyd (AKA Foxdog Studios) are having a party to celebrate the end of dBASE IV. Returning with more music, characters, and baffling tech – including an augmented reality world and an audience controlled robot chef – this is their most ambitious show yet. As heard on BBC Radio 4 Extra. Nominated for the Chortle Award for Innovation and two Malcolm Hardee Awards.

★★★★★ The Skinny - ‘Ridiculous, unique and so funny your face will hurt’ ★★★★ stars The List - ‘A huge treat for everyone’ ★★★★ stars Timeout - 'If you don’t enjoy their brand of techy musical comedy, there must be something wrong with your hardware'

9.00pm // Comedy // £5 ( or £7 for both shows)

Jack Evans & Sam Freeman

Liverpool Comedy festival

Stand-Up Comedy
Tuesday 18th Sep 19:30

£5 for 1 show - £7 to see both shows

Tickets direct from 81 Renshaw Buy @ Ticket Quarter

JACK EVANS: WORK Workers of the world: please stop! Jack Evans, lizard prince of Manchester's alternative circuit, presents a punchy, out-there hour about work: its history, its present and a future without it. Jack’s last show Melancholy Poontang was one of i-D's best shows at the Fringe.

'An alternative tour de force' ★★★★ (EdFestMag.com). 'Go see him if you like weird stuff' ★★★★ (ShortCom.co.uk). 'Absolutely the best Noam Chomsky material ever' (Scotsman). 'As inventive and unsettling as a one-man League of Gentlemen' (i-D). 'Follow him down his dark path. You really should' (Skinny). 'Twisted genius' (WOW247.co.uk). 'Catch him now' (List).

7.30pm // £5 (or £7 for both shows)

SAM FREEMAN: TRUTH I live in a nice town, on a nice street with what I thought were nice neighbours - the kind of people who smile at you in the street, will post a Christmas card with “dear number 43” as the introduction and who (and I don’t have evidence for this) stole my recycling box, twice. Then someone wrote put a note on my car and, well, let’s just say things escalated.

A mildly amusing show by unknown, non-award-winning comedian Sam Freeman.

9.00pm // £5 (or £7 for both shows)

October

Phil Hare

plus Marc Varamwah and Katie Nicholas

Live Music
Friday 5th Oct 20:00

Phil Hare is an acoustic guitarist, troubadour, and mentor.

Inspired to buy an acoustic guitar in 1977 after discovering the words and music of Roy Harper, John Martyn and Mike Chapman, Phil started writing folksy ballads and songs and doing ‘floor spots’ around the many folk clubs in his native Wirral and neighbouring Liverpool. Since then Phil has built a successful career playing at festivals, clubs and venues across the country, and has an extensive catalogue of recorded music. His distinctive and accomplished guitar style means Phil is in great demand as a solo performer, band member (he was in local folk rock band Full House), and guest musician. Described as an all-purpose acoustic guitar hero and singer-songwriter Phil, who now lives in the Cambridgeshire town of March, will be making a rare and highly anticipated return to Liverpool in October. Expect fine songs, exceptional musicianship, and a possible surprise guest or two!

Support on the night is from Katie Nicholas, now back in Liverpool after a stint in London and York, and local musician Marc Vormawah.

‘A maverick guitar virtuoso with a neat line in social comment’ (Time Out)

‘If you get a chance to see Phil Hare, take it!’ (Folk North West)

When Nora Met Jim

written by Tom Mclennan

Theatre
Sunday 14th Oct 19:30

Dublin, June 1904. The great Irish writer, James Joyce, is still contemplating his future, certain only that it lies outside his native country. But his financial resources are limited and his writing career has barely lifted off. His family and friends look on with concern at his dissolute behaviour. Then, into his life, steps Nora Barnacle, a young Galway girl, who has fled her home and now works as a chambermaid in a Dublin hotel. At first sight they seem an ill-matched pair- Joyce, a middle-class intellectual, obsessed by bookish lore; Nora, working-class, with little formal education. But their mutual hatred of convention sparks a fire in them that will last a lifetime. Written for the Irish festival but premiered tonight, the Scriptshop Performers bring a fascinating period in Irish history to life through drama and song.

Eddie and the Hot Rods

FAREWELL TOUR plus Support

Live Music
Saturday 20th Oct 19:30

One of the most highly influential and recognisable names from the English Rock scene, Eddie & The Hot Rods have enjoyed a career that has now spanned over 40 years. Although often categorised as one of the founding fathers of the punk era, they were simply interested in playing loud, fast, in your face Rock ‘n’ Roll rather than bad mouthing the Queen or fermenting anarchy. The energy and attitude certainly endeared them to the punks, but the hard and fast style that made Eddie & The Hot Rods one of the most exciting bands of the era has never really dated or gone out of style. Their Pedigree speaks for itself and they have hit some landmarks any band would be envious of, including: a 1977 tour of the USA with Talking Heads and The Ramones; giving the Sex Pistols their first gig as an opening act. Eddie & The Hot Rods were included in the Mojo Top 100 of most influential bands and they are often cited as an inspiration for some of the high profile new bands – young Irish rockers, The Strypes being one example. But this is the last time they will be gracing Liverpool. Barrie Masters is calling it a night on touring. So make sure you get a ticket, and come and send off some legitimate Rock 'n' Roll royalty in style.

Marc Vormawah plus Special guests

The Return of Marc

Live Music
Saturday 27th Oct 19:00

EX-PERSONAL COLUMN / ELEKTRA RECORDS SINGER STEPS BACK INTO THE SPOTLIGHT Marc Vormawah, post-punk Liverpool legend with 80s favourites Personal Column, has his comeback gig here at 81 Renshaw. The singer/songwriter will perform songs old, new, borrowed and true as he returns to the stage for his first headline solo performance since his late 80s/early 90s stint as a solo star with the legendary Jac Holzman’s label, Elektra Records. “I’ve been writing and recording constantly and feel ready to do it all properly again,” says the Scouse singer. “I’ll be joined by a band and some very special guests on the night… it promises to be an evening of high song.” One of the city’s best-loved singers, Vormawah followed up the Peel sessions and Stiff Records’ singles of Personal Column with a move to America and a solo album, released on Elektra Records, in 1989. ‘Too True’ was filled with righteous funk and soul and Vormawah made his mark on radio stations across the States. Now he’s returned to his singer/songwriter roots and has been making music in the classic Joni Mitchell/Paul Simon vein, with his trademark biting lyrics and soulful singing. “The new material is the real me,” he says. “There are no big companies or producers involved now – just me, my friends and my songs.”

November

John Wheeler (Hayseed Dixie)

Live Music
Saturday 10th Nov 20:00

Have a drink with me! Reflections on the past 18 years of Rockgrass mayhem.

Finding himself still alive, having failed to die from small pox, pancreatic cancer, or liver failure, The Hayseed Dixie frontman brings a new show for 2018 that draws from the last 18 years on the road.

Featuring songs and stories spanning the career of Hayseed Dixie and John's solo records the show is by turns humorous, irreverent, sardonic and absurd - just like life on the road. John's playing a plugged in electric guitar and is joined by percussionist Pete Robbins, so this ain't no soul searching shoe gazing evening. Come drink a few beers with them and rock your face off.

JOHN WHEELER is best known as the creator and frontman of the internationally-known "Rockgrass" band Hayseed Dixie whose recordings have sold over 600,000 copies worldwide and have performed more than 1,000 live performances in 31 different countries. He has recently appeared as a special guest on BBC Radio 2 programs, including the Chris Evans Breakfast Show and Simon Mayo Drivetime.

Veronicas Room

By Ira Levin

Theatre
Wednesday 14th Nov 20:00

£10
£8 Concessions

Tickets direct from 81 Renshaw

This chilling thriller by the author of horror classic Rosemary’s Baby explores the thin line between fantasy and reality, madness and murder. In 1973, students Susan and Larry find themselves enticed to the Brabissant mansion by its caretakers the Mackeys to meet Cissie, the sole surviving member of the family. They insist that Susan bears a striking resemblance to Veronica, Cissie’s long-dead sister. If she will agree to briefly impersonate Veronica, they believe it will comfort the dementia-afflicted Cissie and allow her to die in peace. But what begins as a simple errand of mercy quickly spirals into a nightmare cycle of guilt, sacrifice, and murder. Once dressed in Veronica’s clothes, Susan finds herself locked in the role and locked in Veronica’s room. Or is she Veronica, in 1935, pretending to be an imaginary Susan? Are you brave enough to enter Veronicas Room? Warning: Contains adult themes that may shock. The Twisted Nerve Theatre Company.

Veronicas Room

By Ira Levin

Theatre
Thursday 15th Nov 20:00

£10
£8 Concessions

Tickets direct from 81 Renshaw

This chilling thriller by the author of horror classic Rosemary’s Baby explores the thin line between fantasy and reality, madness and murder. In 1973, students Susan and Larry find themselves enticed to the Brabissant mansion by its caretakers the Mackeys to meet Cissie, the sole surviving member of the family. They insist that Susan bears a striking resemblance to Veronica, Cissie’s long-dead sister. If she will agree to briefly impersonate Veronica, they believe it will comfort the dementia-afflicted Cissie and allow her to die in peace. But what begins as a simple errand of mercy quickly spirals into a nightmare cycle of guilt, sacrifice, and murder. Once dressed in Veronica’s clothes, Susan finds herself locked in the role and locked in Veronica’s room. Or is she Veronica, in 1935, pretending to be an imaginary Susan? Are you brave enough to enter Veronicas Room? Warning: Contains adult themes that may shock. Twisted nerve Theatre Company.

Freshard & Stanley brinks

Sets from both artists

Live Music
Sunday 18th Nov 19:30

Freschard grew up on a farm in French Burgundy. She started organising shows in the barn when she was about 12 years old. At 18 she moved to the big city, Paris, where she baked pies and cakes in a cafe. There, a local musician and regular customer called Andre Herman Dune (who would later change his name to Stanley Brinks) wrote a few songs for her to sing. She called her first E.P. "Neon Orange". Homeless in Paris, she saved up just enough money to get herself a ticket to New York. There, she found an old electric guitar and started writing her own songs. She recorded her second E.P., "Shower Gel", with Mike Gomez on lapsteel guitar. In 2004 she moved to Berlin, where she recorded her first LP, "Alien Duck". Her second album "Click Click", recorded in 2006, features a drummer (Leo Bear Creek), and electric guitar by Stanley Brinks. On her third album, "moonstone", she plays the drums herself. On her fourth "shh..." she also plays the flute. Her last album "boom biddy boom" is a masterpiece. Stanley started his musical career in as Andre Herman Dune in the trio "Herman Düne". He left in 2006 to concentrate on solo work and other collaborative projects. Since then he changed his name to Stanley Brinks and has released an enormous number of albums, most notably with Freschard and English rock band "The Wave Pictures".